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“You Say Your Love No Dey Lie”: P-Square Twins Headed for What Could Be Africa’s Most Devastating & Messiest Band Break Up

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There is rumored and grave trouble brewing in the P-Square camp, all of which is blamed on Peter Okoye’s newly wedded wife Lola Omotayo, a woman he dated for seven (years) and fathered two children with before marrying. Worse, it carries serious legal, financial and personal ramifications for the twins Peter and Paul Okoye and their families.

If indeed the duo do breakup, it most likely will be Africa’s most devastating and messiest band break up in its contemporary music industry. All eyes are on the twins and all are paying keen attention to continued developments in this family and business brouhaha that has spilled into the public space.

I will reserve my commentary for now but expect my discussions on this soon. In the meantime, what are your thoughts on the developing story below?

For new visitors to the site who are not familiar with the twins, get a taste below:

L-R: Paul Okoye, his wife Anita Isama, Peter Okoye and his wife Lola Omotayo

Peter Okoye and Paul Okoye

Sample Classic – You Say Your Love No Dey Lie . . .

P-Square ‘Personally’ Michael Jackson Tribute – 16Million + views on You Tube alone

P-Square ft. Rick Ross – 17Million + views on You Tube Alone

P-Square ft. Matt Houston ‘E No Easy’ French Remix

P-Square ft. Tiwa Savage & May D ‘Do as I Do’

CELEBRITY BLOGGER LINDA IKEJI REPORTS

“Yesterday I reported about the friction going on between the Okoye brothers. I didn’t say they’d split, I only asked a question based on all the things I’ve been hearing and Jude Okoye’s tweet. When asked yesterday, P-Square’s publicist, Bayo Adetu, said the report is ‘baseless and untrue’. Unfortunately, it is not! It’s either Bayo is clueless as to what is happening in the Okoye household at the moment or he thinks the best thing to do for now is to deny that there’s anything going on.

I wrote that the twin brothers Peter and Paul engaged in physical combat on Wednesday. If this was false, Peter is a social media person, he would have immediately denied it. He didn’t!

Unfortunately P-Square fans, things are even worse than I reported yesterday. According to my findings, Peter Okoye wants out of P-Square and they have even gone as far as inviting a lawyer to divide their fortune. Continue…

Now, let me make this clear. This report is based on what’s been happening with the brothers up until right now Saturday April 19th. I don’t know what will happen tomorrow, next week or next year but as of right now, Peter Okoye doesn’t want anything to do with P-Square. I’m still hoping and many others are, that they will resolve their issues and realize that splitting will do no one good. So hopefully, they will resolve their issues. But I will still go ahead and tell you guys what’s happening with the brothers as of now.

First, Peter Okoye has moved out of Squareville mansion in Omole where he lived with his brothers for years and now lives in Lekki Phase 1 with his wife Lola Omotayo and their children. An industry person I spoke with, who knows what’s been going on, told me this;

Yes they fought this week. Peter even left a mark on Paul’s left eye. But the fight wasn’t during rehearsal, which rehearsal? Peter has refused to do anything P-Square for weeks now. Forget that he was at his brother’s wedding, things are not good between them right now. Peter wants out. He said Paul and Jude are sidelining him. That if they push out 200 songs, 199 would be songs Paul did. That people are now calling him a dancer in P-Square. Peter is really angry.

He’s even the cool and friendly one between the brothers but he is not himself right now. And then he accused his brother Jude of disrespecting his wife. Peter and Jude haven’t spoken in weeks. Peter said Jude has been disrespecting Lola for years and he was done tolerating the BS. In fact Peter said that not only is Lola older than Jude, but that she’s also pregnant and Jude was upsetting a pregnant woman.

If you notice Jude didn’t attend their wedding last year despite the fact that he was in Nigeria. Jude asked Peter why he didn’t marry Lola when their mother was alive. Jude said it’s his wife that is pushing him and they will need to pray for him. In fact nobody in the Okoye family likes Lola and they didn’t support the marriage. The brothers are really angry at each other. The police is even involved. This week, either the commissioner of police or someone from his office visited their house.

The worst part is that they have invited lawyer to come and share property o. They want to share everything. The lawyer was at their house I think on Thursday. Peter said no more P-Square joint ventures. You know they own everything together, including a house in Omole, Parkview and Atlanta. Except something is done fast P-Square is about to be finished. But I know that people have been intervening and begging them to reconsider, that they are the biggest musical duo in Africa. Nobody will benefit if they split. The power to make money is in their togetherness.

It is Jude people are begging to keep the brothers together, but after what he tweeted yesterday, it may truly be over for P-Square. Jude has really tried for his brothers, for him to give up may mean it’s over for them.

He practically put his entire life on hold for his brothers. Even sold his first car to shoot their first video but all that is about to come to an end like he tweeted. The only thing that can save the situation is if by a miracle Jude and Lola settle their differences but I don’t see that happening . . .” – Linda Ikeji

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5 Comments

  1. Hmmm, very sad that Africa's favourite group may be on the verge of dismantling but I've got two observations.

    I don't know what is going on but I believe P Square as a group have got obligations they are to fulfill whether they want to remain a singing duo or not. What about the Glo deal? They may still have to keep up appearances and even perform together as I am led to believe its still running and P Square, not Peter or Paul is what's in the contract.

    People have been hammering on Lola Omotayo. I still don't know if that's right as we really can't say what's been the real problem save for what we learnt from blogs like sidelining… I am wondering why we are so quick to finger her as the culprit. Freeze has even somewhat appealed to her and I just keep wondering how she'd feel if she wasn't complicit in any of this. I may be right, I may be wrong.

    1. @Tiodi, good observations.

      -Uduak

  2. Sandra says:

    My opinion is that p-square is a business venture and they cannot allow personal issues destroy what they’ve spent so long in building.

    I also think there’s a lot of pride going on around this.if someone call swallow his/her pride here,I believe it will go a long way in solving this.

    Then love,respect,understanding;if only they can inject these,then all will be well.

    1. @Sandra – I completely agree with you. There is Square Records Ltd. owned by the duo and then there is their personal matters which should not affect the business, per se. I also agree with you that ego appears to be through the roof for all involved. Well said.

      -Uduak

  3. Tee says:

    How sad if this is true. As most of the stories we read on blogs may not be the actual facts, they may only have some truths which may not do actual justice to the stories. I also believe that we are to quick to judge in this part of the world. Whether Lola is a culprit or not, these men are grown men and should understand that people are meant to disagree on isues and even quarrell sometimes but it shouldn't be allowed to degenerate to the level of ruining the source of their livelihood. If the split is actually true they obviously have deep rooted underlining beef other than what is playing out. Please let's do our part by praying and offering encouraging words for this great duo rather than bring anyone down.

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